Uncle Billy's Kona Bay Hotel
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If you are on a budget......
Like everyone said - you get what you pay for. We were there for one night only (March 6, Sat) - don't think I could handle more than that.
Paper thin towels, holes in the walls, our shower head was all messed up that is was squirting water onto the backspash instead of on the person! Also, the walls looked like that had been painted over and over. All we did was dump our things in our room and leave so really this hotel is for the person that's not in their room all the time. If all you need is a cheap place to sleep, this is it. Breakfast was included in our package. No high marks on that. I took one look and walked off. The food looked like it had been sitting there for days! I guess we got there too late (9 a.m) so all the food was picked over.
The highlights are that this hotel is in a PRIME location near the Kona shopping center and nice restaurants. We had dinner at Huggo's and I saw the hostess chuckle when I mentioned that we were staying at Uncle Billy's. If you like sort of a nightlife - go to Huggos on the Rocks which is a nice bar with live music on the beach. It's right next to Huggos Restaurant. Oh, there is catholic church a block down with services in hawaiian with hawaiian singers. ALso, if you are there on Sunday, there's a farmer's market next door to hotel. The staff at Uncle Billy's are very nice and helpful. We even met Uncle Billy himself riding up on his motorcycle. He's a very nice and personable man. I didn't have the heart to tell him that his hotel is a dump. I guess all that money goes to him and not back into the hotel. It's a shame too - $50 put back for each room would make a HUGE difference.
Next time we'll stay somewhere else.
I elected to stay at Uncle Billy's Kona Bay Hotel so I could earn 500 frequeent flyer miles on Hawaiian Airlines. The following problems were encountered: AC didn't work (but was fixed for the second night of my stay), spiders in the beds, toilet did not flush, temperature of the water when taking a shower fluctuated from luke warm to scalding hot.
In addition, I have been waiting for two months and still have not recieved my 500 frequent flyer miles! (I have complained to Uncle Billy's and still have not gotten the miles!) NEVER AGAIN!
My family stayed the week end recently at Kona Bay Hotel and found the room to be part of our pleasant experience. It was big enough for the 3 of us. It was close to everything, in fact, our room was right where the old Kona Inn Shopping Village is. We had no problem with parking or getting around. The room was clean. We sat out on our patio and enjoyed watching the ocean and the trees in the mini park next door move in the evening breeze. Considering how close we were to the street it was incredibly quiet. I'd have no qualms about staying there or recommending it to family and friends.
Glad I'm gone
We were lucky that our trip was only for a three day stay! Being retired military, I've stayed in some really bad places. This was one.It was publicized as a quiet, clean hotel. It was not quiet and on the second morning, we found little "fleas" all over the room. It reminded me of a room in a third world country. Moved to Royal Kona Resort. Excellent!
We stayed 1 night on 8/11/03 and I would definately not recommend it.
We originally had reservations at another hotel but they were doublebooked so they put us up 1 night in this hotel. From 1st sight we were leary. It is old, needs much improvement on inside and outside. We did take everything out of our car for safety. There were groups of guys hanging around and the stairs even had a smell of alcohol. The room was ant infested, but at least we didn't see any roaches or other bugs. The air didn't work properly, but it did have a working ceiling fan which helped. The room itself smelled like mildew. It would definately be worthing spending alittle more at a different hotel!
Very comfortable stay
Although, We only stayed there one night (July '03), my boyfriend and I found the accomadations rather nice. I'm sorry to read the poor reviws from the others... I found no such problems with the room or the area.
It was affordable, clean and very generous. Our vehicle was not broken into, nor were there any bug problems. Perhaps the hotel has improved since the other stays, or perhaps the room my boyfriend and I were in was lucky. If you don't like the one in Kona, I may suggest the one in Hilo. It's far more familiar, in my opinion. Happy travelling.
We had the unfortunate experience of spending one night here the sixth of July 2003. We were given a room facing the parking lot. The room was completely infested with ants so we called the attendant and requested a room. She said she would call us back but didn't. Finally my husband went to the front desk himself and got another room, just a few doors down. It was worse. The fridge didn't work, the ceiling fan was broken but it was already past midnight and we were exhausted so we took the room. The next a.m. we woke up and my son had over 35 bug bites all over his body. We called and the receptionist was NOT helpful (she said you shouldn't have stayed there) NEVER AGAIN!!!
Don't stay at Uncle Billy's!
After nine days in Kona staying with friends I spent one night at Uncle Billy's in Kailua Kona. It was a mistake. I had heard from guidebooks that it was inexpensive, so since I was on a budget I tried it out. They have a security guard there so I thought it was safe, right in downtown Kailua. Well, even though I locked much of my stuff in the trunk of my rental car, and parked it in the hotel parking lot, thieves managed to break into the car and to steal my camera and art supplies, cash, and gifts. It was devastating! I know now I should have taken everything out of the car, but I thought it was safe. The Kona police told me that Uncle Billy's has robberies nearly every day and that thieves watch tourists in the parking lot, marking them for later. Besides stealing about $3000 worth of stuff from my car, the hotel itself was termite and cockroach ridden. I urge you not to stay there. It's just not worth saving a few bucks. My vacation was ruined.
Worth a Shot
This hotel is old but you must understand that many guests you stay at this hotel are local. Also, i fyou are looking for a cheap hotel in the heart of Kona you can not go wrong here!
Would not recommend
The place may be an institution - but it's falling apart. The rooms were musty, dead cochroaches in the bathroom, the towels were paper thin and there were water stains and mold on the walls. Fortunately, it was only for one night. We had the breakfast buffet on Sunday morning and that wasn't even good - food was cold and had no flavor. Would never stay there again.
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Honolulu is a much larger city than what we expected with high rise buildings and lots a traffic. Took a taxi to our hotel @ 40 dollars. Hotel White Sands ok, has swimming pool and a kitchenette Bought food at the local supermarket .
The only thing that is cheap are the local busses @ 2.50 a trip. One can use it 2x within 3 hours. Next time we …
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... to rethink their emergency management plans.
We finally got back to our condo and it wasn't long before we were having our happy hour cocktails.
Nicole is feeling a bit sorry and sore but she will bounce back. She always does. We are so proud of her. She says she will never do Kona again because she is too light for the trade winds. Noel has been given the task to invent something to keep her on the bike! Any suggestions would be most welcome.
We made it out of Kona with only some minor drama. I realized an hour before we left that my International Drivers license was missing. Tore everything apart, but it was nowhere to be found. Had to leave without it. Long story short: I FOUND IT!!! It had hitchhiked with some other paperwork I had packed, and in my panic I had missed it when searching. We're smiling bigger ...
... chuck it. Then took Greg forever to repack backpack as person couldn't put everything back in. Now in lounge. Asked guy pushing me if they would be back to get me prior to flight.....he said, he didn't know but porters like him cost money, so g gave him some... No intercom in here. Man on phone talking loudly...thank god only short flight. Bit worried re leaving Homolulu to mel with drugs....and food required for flight... Oh well...here another hour or so then Honolulu here we ...